Rorate Caeli

Le nouveau primat du Canada

The new Metropolitan Archbishop of Québec and Primate of Canada, Abp. Gérald Cyprien Lacroix, is a member of the I.S.P.X. The I.S.P.X. (the Pius X Secular Institute), do not let that letter get you confused... Félicitations, Monseigneur!

Below, the current Director-General of the I.S.P.X., Father Christian Beaulieu.


Admin said...

Does anyone know if Father Lacroix is traditionally minded?

Vox Cantoris said...

What is missed here is the Bishop of Amos in Quebec resigned today, right on his 75th birthday. His replacement together wit the new Archbihsop of Quebec and Primate of Canada were both Auxilary Bishops of Quebec consecrated by Marc Cardinal Oulette and serving under him whilst he was Archbishop. Seven other bishops in Quebec including Montreal, Gatineau and Sherbrooke are over the age of 74 with more to come in the next few years.

Hopefully, the new Prefect knows where the priests and bishops to rebuild the Church in Quebec are.

This is signifcant as these are his first appointments in Quebec and something to watch moving forward.

I do not know the traditional leaning but they must be an improvement on those previous and current bishops all ordained during the late 1950's to late 1960's. Further, both of these being there with the Cardinal, they will be familiar with the FSSP established now in their own church building in Quebec.

Anonymous said...

Dear Cruise,

The picture is NOT the new Archbishop!

It is the new Director-General of the ISPX.


Anonymous said...

"If Fr Lacroix appears in public dressed in street clothes than I would guess he is not traditionally minded."

Where does this comment come from?

Certainly not the attached photo, unless you failed to read the caption.

But for that matter, why is that photo there at all?

Anonymous said...


That picture is not of the new Archbishop but the Director of the Institutte he belongs to. But most bishops in Quebec seem to wear jeans and sweaters most of the time.

Vox Cantoris: The Bishop of Amos, another notorious liberal, was replaced just two days after he turned 75. He was gone before he'd finished eating his birthday cake.

This is generally good news. The departure of Turcotte from Montreal is the next bit to watch for. He is considered to be a 'moderate' rather than a liberal. The Archbishop of Sherbrooke, whom you mention, has actually been very tolerant of the T.L.M. The one in Gatineau we want to see gone as soon as possible.

This change today is significant. Mgr. Lacroix is only 53 years old and was consecrated an auxiliary to Marc Cardinal Ouellet only two years ago. He passed right over the heads of long-serving entrenched libs. So we can call him a 'Benedictine'. He will get a red hat and about 25 years ruling the oldest see north of Mexico; and it has over a million subjects. Vox Cantoris is right that H.H.,

with Ouellet's expert help, will likely have an opportunity to make some major changes in Quebec. On the other hand, some of the worst liberals in history, men such as Bishop Lussier in Joliette, are only in their early sixties and will not just disappear. The battle continues.

There are Latin Masses approved only for Québec, Montréal and Sherbrooke--all Archdioceses. Nothing in the Archdioceses of Rimouski or Gatineau. There are nineteen sees in Quebec, far more than in, say, California or Texas.


Anonymous said...

It looks like he is a protege of Cardinal Ouellet, which is undoubtedly a good thing. I am encourgaed by the fact that his bio says he was educated at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire. For a young Quebecois in the 1970s to go to the U.S. to a decent Catholic school in order to escape the atmosphere of post Quiet Revolution Quebec education indicates a real seriousness of faith on either his behalf or that of his parents.

Cruise the Groove. said...


No he is not.

Anonymous said...

I hope that we can pause for a moment and pray for the repose of the soul of Dr. Bernard Nathanson, who died at the age of 84 today or yesterday.


New Catholic said...

"But for that matter, why is that photo there at all?"

Because it was the very first picture we saw in the French version of the ISPX website. It seemed like a nice picture of the Archbishop's superior in his Institute.


Garrett said...

Question: Why can't there be passed a law that simply requires that priests must, when practicable, dress in clericals in public? There, not so hard! Regardless of how many priests would disobey, at least you'd have a reasonably clearcut standard.

Does there truly exist none in this regard? Does the Church simply not have an official policy with any teeth towards the appearance of priests in public?

Vox Cantoris said...

NC, using the picture in this article detracts from the intent of the article and I think you should remove it.

Why don't you go here and take one of the new Archbishop, no indication he is in anything other than clerical dress:

New Catholic said...

Thanks, Vox.

Admin said...

Garrett, I prefer priests having the option of wearing their collar or not. It quickly distinguishes the orthodox and when the progressives make the news at least there isn't a visual connection to the Church.

Athelstane said...

"There are nineteen sees in Quebec, far more than in, say, California or Texas."

And given how the church in Quebec has collapsed in the last few decades - and the paucity of good orthodox candidates to take over these sees once their incumbents reach retirement age - I wonder if it wouldn't be a bad idea to consolidate some of them.

Congratulations to Archbishop Lacroix - and prayers as he takes on a most difficult job.

Anil Wang said...

Have to agree with the Admin. I would go further and prevent clerics from wearing the cloth in public if they did not agree with 100% of the Catechism without qualification. There are far too many pictures of "Father" Raymond Gravel in clerical dress for my liking, although thankfully he seems to prefer more casual dress.

The same is true with nuns wearing the habit. Imagine how much more harm "Sister" Joan Chittister would do to the faith if she actually dressed like a nun and looked legitimate.

Anonymous said...

The faces of the bishops and priests show no holiness or lives of prayer and fasting.

How sad!

Lord have mercy!

Anonymous said...

Being hopeful for something good in the Church in Canada would be nice. But here is some other news regarding the Canadian Church ... oh for even a handful of holy bishops in the True North Strong and Free ...

LeonG said...

"Question: Why can't there be passed a law that simply requires that priests must, when practicable, dress in clericals in public?"

A liberal modernist does ot like "laws" - he prefers recommendations then he can do what he likes. In fact, they would enjoy the manner in which you write "when practicable", because this is the convenient escape clause which permits lay dress because it is always far more "practicable".

This is how the conciliar documents of the 1960s are read and interpreted by such postmodern churchmen.

Pascendi said...

Many a "face" can be deceiving ...

Anonymous said...

Does not dress like a priest.

Deimater said...

Mgr Lacroix is indeed traditional. I recall seeing him in the sacristy of Quebec's basillica, surrounded by dozens of priests and bishops in mufti, while Mgr Lacroix was in a scarlet soutane as he prepared to celebrate Holy Mass. That took guts. And Mgr Lacroix is definitely gutsy.

It is unfortunate that Abbé Beaulieu is pictured without a collar. I have seen this holy priest on many occasions, and he was always wearing a clerical collar. In fact, it is the Institute's policy that all deacons and priests where the collar.